Chemical and Biological Engineering (2021)

The Chemical and Biological Engineering programme covers the production and processing of biochemicals and related materials, including the design and operation of reactors and separation processes. The programme combines the traditional process engineering fundamentals with chemistry, advanced biochemistry and microbiology. This programme provides an excellent basis for a career in the chemical, material, bioprocess food and pharmaceutical industries focusing on developing highly valuable products.

Chemical and Biological Engineering is available as a specified programme for the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (BE(Hons)).

To complete the specified programme in Chemical and Biological Engineering, students must complete the following programme.


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  • Year 1

    Students must take the following papers: ENGEN101, ENGEN102, ENGEN103, ENGEN111, ENGEN112, ENGEN170 and ENGEN180.

    Plus 15 points of electives from: BIOMO101 or CHEMY102.

  • Year 2

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB223, ENGCB224, ENGCB280, ENGEN201, ENGEN270, ENGEN271, ENGME221 and ENGEV241.

    Plus 15 points of electives from: BIOMO201 or ENGMP211.

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN272 (in place of ENGEN271).

  • Year 3

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB321, ENGCB322, ENGCB323, ENGCB324, ENGCB380, ENGEN301, ENGEN370 and ENGEN371.

    Plus 15 points of electives from: CHEMY201, CHEMY202, BIOMO303, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, ENGCB523, ENGEN390 or ENGEV341.

    If you are studying the Diploma in Engineering Professional Practice, concurrent with the BE(Hons), you must complete ENGEN372 (in place of ENGEN371).

  • Year 4

    Students must take the following papers: ENGCB521, ENGCB580, ENGEN570 and ENGEN581.

    Plus 30 points of electives (with no more than one 300 level paper) from: BIOMO303, CHEMY303, CHEMY304, ENGCV323, ENGEN391, ENGEV341, ENGCB523, ENGCB527, ENGEV541, ENGEV542 or ENGME580.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO101Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology15.021B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution.
    CHEMY102Chemical Reactivity15.021B (Hamilton)
    A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
    ENGEN101Engineering Mathematics 1A15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21B (Hamilton)
    A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
    ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
    A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
    ENGEN103Engineering Computing15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga) & 21G (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces computer programming in languages such as Python. It provides the basis for the programming skills required in more advanced papers.
    ENGEN111Electricity for Engineers15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Tauranga) & 21X (Hamilton)
    Students are introduced to underlying concepts in electricity such as current, voltage and power, and apply these concepts in a laboratory by making circuits and measuring them with common laboratory instruments.
    ENGEN112Materials Science and Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
    Introduction to engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, semiconductors and biomaterials) and their atomic structure and mechanical properties. Includes; elastic and plastic deformation, fracture mechanisms, failure in service, iron-carbon phase diagram, redox reactions in corrosion, production of polymers, ce...
    ENGEN170Engineering and Society15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
    Introduction to the role of engineering in society with a focus on sustainable development, data analysis, holistic systems thinking, and the future of work within a global and New Zealand context including an introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi.
    ENGEN180Foundations of Engineering15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
    Introduction to the engineering design process and computer aided design, fundamental principles of engineering analysis, open ended problem solving, engineering economics and the skills of a successful engineer. Includes a design-build-test experience.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO201Biochemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
    The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d...
    CHEMY201Organic Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings, also an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry is provided.
    CHEMY202Physical Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
    This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
    ENGCB223Fluid Mechanics15.021B (Hamilton)
    Basic principles of fluid statics and dynamics, including fluid viscosity, Bernoulli and mechanical energy equation, momentum analysis, dimensional analysis, flow in pipes, ducts and channels, and external flow over objects.
    ENGCB224Heat and Mass Transfer15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the fundamentals of heat and mass transfer analysis, including conduction, heat convection, radiation, molecular diffusion and mass convection. Finned surfaces and heat exchangers are also covered.
    ENGCB280Process Engineering Design 115.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers mass balances around reactors and separation processes used by engineers in process design, CAD tools for process flow diagrams, pipe and instrumentation diagrams, and simple batch and continuous process modelling using software tools.
    ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 215.021A (Hamilton)
    Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
    ENGEN270Engineering and Business15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on empowering students to become “business savvy” and prepared to enter the workplace and solve real-world problems. Topics covered include; team formation, design thinking, Lean Canvas, project management, Agile, risk management, project finance, professional ethics, preparing for the workplace, and business...
    ENGEN271Engineering Work Placement 10.021X (Hamilton)
    First work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEN272Engineering Work Placement 130.021X (Hamilton)
    First work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEV241Environmental Engineering 115.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers skills, knowledge and capability for environmental engineers so they can understand, investigate and evaluate environmental engineering problems and solutions.
    ENGME221Engineering Thermodynamics15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, including thermodynamics properties of substances, first and second law analysis, power cycles, refrigeration cycles and simple combustion analysis of engines.
    ENGMP211Materials 115.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper will provide a foundation for understanding the relationship between material structure, processing and behaviour to support engineering of materials and engineering with materials.
    ENGMP214Materials Manufacturing Processes15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper gives an understanding of fundamental principles and relationships between manufacturing processes and component microstructure and properties. Knowledge of metrology and non-destructive testing in modern manufacturing is also introduced.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    BIOMO303Advanced Microbiology15.021B (Hamilton)
    The paper will provide knowledge of microbial functions and the role of the microbiome in human and ecosystem health.
    CHEMY301Advanced Organic Chemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of organic chemistry including pericyclic reactions, natural product chemistry, organic synthesis including retrosynthetic analysis and stereo-electronic influences in carbohydrate chemistry.
    CHEMY302Advanced Physical Chemistry15.021A (Hamilton)
    This course covers advanced aspects of physical chemistry including quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical thermodynamics and computational chemistry.
    CHEMY303Advanced Inorganic Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of inorganic chemistry including heavy transition elements; f-elements; organometallic chemistry of main group and transition metals; bioinorganic chemistry; solid state chemistry.
    CHEMY304Advanced Analytical Chemistry15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers advanced aspects of analytical chemistry including mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), Mossbauer and Raman spectroscopy, quality control and assurance, sampling techniques and method validation.
    ENGCB321Thermal Engineering15.021B (Hamilton)
    Application of engineering thermodynamics to steady and unsteady industrial processes, including, steam boiler systems, advanced power and refrigeration cycles, cooling towers and plant utility systems
    ENGCB322Chemical and Biological Operations15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the principle and application of enzymes, concepts of fermentation technology, principles of bioreactor operation, bioprocess variables and their measurement, key product separation techniques, and bioprocess economics.
    ENGCB323Chemical Reaction Engineering15.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper is an introduction to the quantitative treatment of chemical and biological reaction and reactor engineering, including homogeneous and heterogeneous reacting systems.
    ENGCB324Mass Transfer Operations15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the application of heat and mass transfer, and thermodynamics to chemical and physical separation process.
    ENGCB380Process Engineering Design 215.021B (Hamilton)
    Conceptual and detailed design, costing and economic assessment of chemical, biological and materials process plants, including software and numerical simulation, separation trains, heat exchanger and pump sizing, and reactor kinetics.
    ENGCV323Water Engineering 215.021A (Hamilton)
    Application of hydraulics and hydrology in water engineering such as design of water distribution systems, fundamentals of flow in open channels, design of hydraulic structures, fundamentals of surface water hydrology, rainfall-runoff models, analysis and modelling of hydrological processes, fundamentals of groundwater hydrology, d...
    ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 315.021A (Hamilton)
    Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
    ENGEN370Engineering and the Environment15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers sustainability in engineering design and renewable energy generation through the critical lens of environmental impact assessment, risk and resilience, sustainable infrastructure and development, material and energy flow analysis, emissions, carbon accounting and life cycle analysis.
    ENGEN371Engineering Work Placement 20.021X (Hamilton)
    Second work placement involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of third year.
    ENGEN372Engineering Work Placement 230.021X (Hamilton)
    Second work placement for the DipEPP involving 400 hours of work experience at an approved engineering organisation relevant to your studies. Typically undertaken during the summer semesters at the end of second year.
    ENGEN390Special Topics in Engineering 115.021X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN391Special Topics in Engineering 215.021X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEV341Environmental Engineering 215.021B (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the design, operation and management of unit processes used in environmental engineering including air, water, wastewater, storm water, waste, soils and noise treatment and control systems.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    ENGCB521Advanced Process Control15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the fundamentals of process control, and introduces advanced process control strategies.
    ENGCB523Advanced Energy Engineering15.021B (Hamilton)
    Application of engineering thermodynamics, process integration and pinch analysis to energy systems including renewable energy systems and energy storage, small and large industrial utility systems with and without cogeneration, distributed and smart energy systems, and green buildings.
    ENGCB527Advanced Biological Engineering15.021A (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover various kinetic aspects of the upstream and downstream segments of a fermentation process.
    ENGCB580Process Engineering Design Project30.021D (Hamilton)
    This paper will cover various aspects of biochemical engineering used in producing biologically derived products including fermentation, downstream processing, and meat processing.
    ENGEN570Engineering and the Profession15.021D (Hamilton)
    The roles and responsibilities of professional engineers are examined. Topics include; project management, leadership, negotiation, ethical responsibilities, legal duties, Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and professional communication.
    ENGEN581Honours Research Project30.021D (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
    Final year honours research project carried out on a topic assigned and supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEN583Special Topics in Engineering 315.021X (Hamilton)
    An independent theoretical literature or experimental investigation of an engineering topic supervised by a member of staff.
    ENGEV541Advanced Water and Wastewater Engineering15.021A (Hamilton)
    This course covers advanced aspects of design and operation of unit processes in water and waste water treatment, and process modelling and simulation tools such as Sumo19 and Superpro Designer.
    ENGEV542Waste Minimisation Engineering15.021A (Hamilton)
    Design of processes for the handling, recycling, reuse, treatment and disposal of domestic and industrial solid wastes including treatment plant sludges, assessment and modeling of gaseous emissions, odour, particulates, and air pollution control systems.
    ENGME580Product Innovation and Development15.021A (Hamilton)
    ENGME580 teaches students the innovation and product development process; levels of innovation, how to screen ideas, Intellectual Property and how to develop a Business Plan. Students will be required to start with a basic product brief, produce a product idea, design and develop a prototype and 'pitch' it to 'investors'.

2021 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 29 September 2020 9:09am

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